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Friday, November 02, 2007

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Title courtesy of Groucho Marx

It's already November. I keep telling people I just moved into the house I'm living in...but it's been about 7 months already. The perception of time is interesting. Here's something that may depress you.

I recently read some research that measured human perception of time at different ages. It may not surprise you to know that younger people experience time moving much more slowly than older people. Remember sitting in high school physics, listening to your uncle tell you his life story (again), or those endless summer vacations?

Here's the bummer. This researcher's conclusion is that we experience 75% of our life in the first 25 years. Get it? It's going slowly and is filled with new experiences when young...as we age things change less and time seems to speed up. So I'm in my 50's and it's an effing blur now, as I race towards oblivion.

On the other hand, I'm more comfortable with myself and have more understanding (at least I think I do). I also am past having pimples, youthful poverty, confusing choices and wanting to drink, then drive really fast (okay, sometimes I still have confusing choices).

Does this theory make sense to you - not the theory that I have more understanding... the theory about perception of time?

Well it makes sense. I find time is running away from me! I don't have enough time to do all I want and I feel this way at 30! I don't know if it's because I feel my life has finally begun or what it is...but I feel I have so much to do and not enough time. I guess when we're younger passing time in boring classes *lol* makes it seem slower and when we "grow up" we spend such a huge chunk in the office, etc. that we don't have enough time for everything else. If this makes any sense...
Time certainly has sped up as i have got older.
Cant believe where this year has gone!
This explains a lot. Everyone I talk to keeps going on and on about how time flies by faster and faster every year.
Now, question, where does one get a clock like that?
I look at it this way - the first 25 years seem like a completely different life, a different existence. Then came the blur (job, kids) and only now are things starting to slow down. Sort of.
Like Tennyson's Ulysses, I'm off to "seek a newer world..."
At 54, I feel my life speeding by like an out-of-control boat, ripping across the water toward the massive rocks on the other side. I saw the rocks when I was 25 but now I feel them splintering the boat beneath me. So that's what the last 25% feels like....?
Didn't someone once say that time is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes? :-)
Vee, if it's running away with you at 30, imagine how you'll feel at 54 if you have Musings from Myopia's experience!

Pursey - wish it was my clock, it's just a photo I once saw on the internet, and saved.

Beth - yes, it's a new way to look at life - several phases of one person, but different people in a way...

Musing - maybe you need to turn the boat to sea if there's time :)

Josey - so nice to see you here again - I like the TP methaphor...I think.
Hi Gary
An interesting post that I think is true, time appears to accelerate even more as you reach your sixties but you also become more comfortable within your skin.

Keep up the good work on alerting folk to the politics of spin and lack of transparency.

As we get older I also think many of us become more interested in seeking out the truth (that is not meant to be condescending towards young folk) and the application of the truth in our lives to better understand this unusual journey that we have embarked on…..I think one might roughly equate that idea with a form of essentialism, where you only devote yourself to such things as you believe (as apposed to what you can prove) are within your spheres of influence (which you believe but cannot prove) which will give you better understanding.

Interestingly enough the question of truth and what we believe (although we cannot prove it) figures much more predominantly as we get older as we realise how much we cant prove.

Technology and science is not just a matter of knowing things or even knowing their practical applications, but is a means of tuning into the deeper questions of who we are and how we know what we know especialy as we experince more virtual reality technology.

I think faith becomes more important as you get older, faith makes a big difference. I am not talking about a belief system, religion, but a faith that keeps you going regardless of your beliefs. I think you might relate to that? Which grows as you get older?
Best wishes.
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
-will rogers.

absolutely love your blog

Final words to comedian George Carlin:

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them , at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

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